This article was submitted by Suman Lahiry, a PhD candidate in Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology.
Philosophy, especially epistemology, is the basis of University studies. The uses of philosophy in life, career and well-being are:
Basis of critical thinking skills:
Not only in the Schools of Humanities, rational and empirical schools of philosophy are considered the fundamentals of scientific thinking. General reasoning and argumentation are cross-sectional over disciplines per se. Even in practical fields such as computer engineering, tools as binary maths are greatly indebted to logical sequences and inductive and deductive methodologies.
Philosophers work with logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and, hence, the essence of each influences the field of their works. This helps in finding ways to nullify errors for researchers, statisticians and econometricians. Compatibility is derived out of sensitivity – specificity trade-off – and thus can test and comment on the ultimate validity and reliability.
Continuous professional development and lifelong learning:
Studies have shown the uses of philosophy in a child’s verbal, numerical and spatial abilities. Philosophy is informative and relentlessly contributing to the body of knowledge and values of knowledge. The human race is going through transitions, and only philosophy can explain the flow through plausible transitions.
Life enrichment and career development are a process, and it is philosophy that addresses life’s greatest questions and opens possibilities to discovery and invention. We can avoid wasting time spent reinventing the wheel by the concepts and tools of philosophy. The flow of thinking over ancient, medieval, modern, and po-mo eras has nourished civilisation time and again.